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Sunrise Powerlink Begins Building 117-mile California Transmission Line

Sunrise Powerlink has broken ground on a 117-mile transmission line that will span from Imperial County, California, to San Diego. The 500-kilovolt line project will create about 2,000 jobs and provide clean power to 650,000 homes.

"The construction of the Sunrise Powerlink is a huge win for the people of California," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "This transmission line opens the door for additional green investments and job creation in the Imperial Valley, while helping us meet our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and improving the reliability of our power grid. It is these types of big, bold projects California needs to transition to a clean energy future."

The project is expected to generate ancillary renewable energy projects in the solar, wind, and geothermal sectors in the Imperial Valley. The line will enter service in 2012. The state of California aims to use 33 percent clean power as part of renewable energy goals.

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